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Towson team swims for Special Olympics Maryland

Polar Bear Plunge team

The 2012 TU team: Krystle Ongaco, Adam Weaver, Melanie Gormley, Tom Judd and Susan Brown.

A team of 10 members of the Towson University community will dive into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay this weekend to raise money for Special Olympics athletes, according to a story by WBAL-TV.

The group, dubbed Ice Guys Always Finish Last, will join thousands of others braving the cold for the 17th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge, for which every participant must raise at least $50. The proceeds are then donated to Special Olympics Maryland, which provides sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

To date, the Towson team has raised $4,485.

“Basically we wanted to give back to the Special Olympics,” Towson University employee Bill Murphy told WBAL-TV. “We love having them on campus and we do their summer games here, so we just want to give back and help the athletes raise money for a great cause.”

The university campus has hosted the summer games of Special Olympics Maryland for eight straight years.

“I’m a little terrified (of plunging), but I see them during the summer (athletes),” said student Kelsey Marshall. “I work with them during the summer and it’s heart-warming and you want to do everything that you can to help them.”

Visit the team page to make a donation. Read the full WBAL-TV story (and see the video) here.